“Friends” Creator Marta Kauffman Pledges $4 Million to Establish Professorship in African and African American Studies at Her Alma Mater Brandeis University

Marta Kauffman

Marta Kauffman is giving back to alma mater: The Grace and Frankie co-creator has pledged $4 million to establish an endowed professorship in the African and African American Studies Department at Brandeis University.

The Marta F. Kauffman ’78 Professorship in African and African American Studies will support a scholar with a concentration in the study of the cultures of Africa, according to the university. The gift will also help the department recruit more scholars and teachers, while helping to give students more opportunities to engage in interdisciplinary scholarship.

Kauffman has been outspoken with her regrets about the lack of diversity on her hit show Friends — in front of and behind the camera. She also told Brandeis how “deeply affected” she was by the 2020 murder of George Floyd, a Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police.

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SOURCE: Deadline, Lynette Rice